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06-30-2010, 08:54 AM #1
Bollywood's Best and Worst of 2010
SHOCKS AND SURPRISES
Time flies. The first six months of 2010 seems to have ticked by rather fast, and it’s time to look back and review the best and the worst that came from Bollywood so far this year.
Many dashed expectations, a few surprises, and some tantalizing cinematic experiences dot the year gone by. Kites, the most hyped movie of the year, witnessed the most spectacular debacle at box office. Similarly, Mani Ratnam’s Raavan lulled the viewers to a sleep deeper than that of kumbhakarna.
The silver lining came in the form of lesser hyped films like Raajneeti or Housefull both of which fared exceptionally well at box office. Earlier this year, Shahrukh Khan won many a hearts with his love-all moderate Muslim act in My Name Is Khan.
We bring you the highs and lows of 2010 in Bollywood.
A powerful film on Indian politics but deriving its inspiration from The Mahabharata and The Godfather, ‘Raajneeti’ is the highest grossing film of 2010 so far after raking in Rs. 85 crore at Indian box office till now. It’s still running at theatres.
Doubtlessly the cinematic disaster of the year. Kites was all about speed and action with little sense or direction. The much touted Hrithik Roshan-Barbara Mori ‘chemistry’ was nowhere to be found. A perfect recipe for a headache!
MY NAME IS KHAN
Howdy! “My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist,” became the oft quoted dialogue in the days following the release of Karan Johar’s My Name Is Khan. A controversy sparked by the Shiv Sena gave the film all the publicity it needed, and once it released, the footfalls in theatres just kept increasing. With a business of Rs 73 crores in India, MNIK is the second highest grossing film of the year so far.
LOVE SEX AUR DHOKA
The most daring film of 2010 without a doubt. Love Sex Aur Dhoka redefined the cinematic idiom by telling three parallel and crisscrossing stories from the point of view of cameras alone. It fared below average at box office.
After the success of Wanted last year, trade pundits expected Veer to mint money at ticket windows, but the movie starring Salman Khan and newbie Zarine Khan did just an average business of Rs. 37 crores.
Third highest grossing film of 2010, Housefull, featuring Akshay Kumar and a host of other stars, was panned by critics but lapped up by audiences. Director Sajid Khan eventually had the last laugh. Expect him to take pot shots at critics at the award functions next year.
Being tagged as ‘Mani Ratnam Ki Aag’, ‘Raavan’ has been among the biggest disappointments of the year. With just a measly Rs 23 crore collection, this Raavan witnessed a shock beheading at box office.
The surprise package of the year so far. The movie took a beating from the critics but managed to survive at box office with an earning of Rs. 32 crores. The youthful treatment given by debutant director Parmeet Sethi, made Badmaash Company, starring Shahid Kapoor and Anushka Sharma, a crowd puller at theatres.
ATITHI TUM KAB JAOGE?
Another surprise of the year was the comedy film Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge, starring Ajay Devgan, Konkona Sen Sharma and Paresh Rawal. It made Rs. 29 crores.
Vidya Balan mouthed profanities with such ease in this film co-starring Arshad Warsi and Naseeruddin Shah. Though not a hit, Ishqiya by first-timer Abhishek Chaubey made Rs. 22 crores at Indian box office....being a human...